Being a native of the District of Columbia area (raised in Arlington, VA - approximately 5 miles from the city) I’ve always been surprised when transplants (non-natives) find it so rare to meet a local. I typically joke with them that all the locals hang out together in their homes rather than go out much, and that’s why it’s not easy to meet one. While I haven’t researched the rates in cities that transplants interact with locals, I would think it’s not that high. Every single one of my close friends are local, so where transplants see scarcity - I see abundance. I find it funny that some think the city is solely a patchwork of gypsies or aspiring politicians - for there are many who found comfort in staying home *and* living in a bustling city. While DC is no NYC, it does have its share of artsy, hipster, and socialite circles. But I digress! What I love about this city is that every decade the neighborhood will change faces - old bars will retire their reign and new ones will rise up. In that sense - a list of new bars to visit will never end - and I don’t mind. Below are my favorite DC bars - from the POV of a local:
Since moving to New Zealand back in March of 2020, before the pandemic of course. I have been on the hunt to try my best to do all the things that go off the beat and path! Sure tourist attractions are fun, but they can be crowded and over-done. I've made it an important mission to find hidden gems all across the country that could fit any sort of traveler!
My grandfather was a teacher. Not in the classroom sense. But in the life sense. There was always a lesson or a skill he would teach us. I remember one time when I was in high school, we needed to replace a starter on a truck on our farm. Grandpa wasn’t able to get down on the ground and get back up all that easily, so he taught me how to do it.